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Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described, ...

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Leicester Both Countye And Citie Described, ... : J. Speed

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John Speed (1552-1629) is arguably the most famous English cartographer of any period, as a result of his atlas "The Theatre Of The Empire Of Great Britaine". The individual maps are the best known and among the most sought-after of all county maps. The maps themselves were derived from the best and most up- to-date sources available. However, Speed also made innovations of his own - introducing town plans on many of the maps, including county boundaries on almost all maps and also the coats of arms of local Earls and Dukes as well the Royal arms. This, for example, includes a short text panel beneath a stylised battle scene describes the battle of Bosworth in 1485 when Richard III lost his crown and his life. The overall effect is to produce very decorative, attractive and informative maps. Speed also produced the first world atlas by an Englishman, entitled "The Prospect Of The Most Famous Parts Of The World" (1627). The maps are famous for their bordering panels of national characters in local costume and panoramic views depicting the areas of major towns and cities. In addition to the obvious decorative quality of the maps, regular atlas copies have two pages of English text printed on the reverse, giving a charming description of life in the early seventeenth century of the area shown. An attractive example.
mapmaker: J. Speed  
place and date of publication: London 1612-1646
medium and colour: copperplate, Coloured
size in mm: 380 by 500mm (15 by 19¾ inches).
ref: 33880

Price: £ 780

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